The 4 best whitening toothpastes of 2021, according to dentists

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  • Whitening toothpaste helps remove surface stains from teeth.
  • We spoke to 4 dentists on what to look for in a whitening toothpaste that won’t hurt your teeth or gums.
  • Our top choice, Colgate Total SF, is effective, ADA-approved, and budget-friendly.

Whether you’re a coffee addict, ex-smoker, or just want to polish your smile a little brighter, virtually everyone wants whiter teeth. There are all kinds of intensive options available, from whitening strips to in-office dental treatments. But for most of us, the easiest way is to switch up our toothpaste and ask it to do more than just fight plaque and cavities.

Whitening toothpaste generally works by using enamel-safe abrasives to physically remove surface stains. Many also contain other active ingredients, like peroxide, to dissolve stains and bleach teeth. Some even contain a chemical called blue covarine, which makes teeth appear whiter instantly by canceling out yellow tones – sort of an optical illusion.

But since not every ingredient is equal and some teeth whitening products notoriously cause tooth sensitivity, we spoke to four board-certified dentists to learn which whitening toothpaste really works. They shared the top brands they recommend to patients, as well as some tips for what to look for when shopping. We also personally tested several toothpastes to get a feel for texture, taste, and anything else a consumer might want to know.

Here are the best whitening toothpaste options:

The best whitening toothpaste overall

A box of Colgate Total SF Whitening Toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel is a top pick among our dentists as it’s a budget-friendly and effective way to whiten and protect the overall health of your teeth.

Pros: Inexpensive, American Dental Association (ADA) approved, provides sensitivity relief

Cons: Taste is questionable to some

Two of our expert sources, Ben El Chami, DMD, a NYC-based dentist and co-founder/chief dental officer of dntlbar and Chris Salierno, DDS, a Melville, NY-based dental practitioner and chief dental officer of Tend, independently named Colgate Total Whitening as a top option they’d recommend to patients looking for a daily whitening boost. It also bears the ADA seal of acceptance, meaning the professional organization support that its efficacy and safety claims are sufficiently backed up by clinical research

It’s a clear winner in the eyes of the pros because, in addition to whitening power, it has antibacterial properties that help defend against gum disease and tooth decay. These effects come from the active ingredient, stannous fluoride, which also helps offset the increased sensitivity some people experience when using whitening toothpastes. 

The minty taste is subtle and not-too-strong without any unpleasant aftertaste. And compared to other toothpaste packaging, we love that Colgate Total has a flat flip-cap for easier access and the option to stand the tube up straight on your sink.

The best natural whitening toothpaste

Tom's of Main Simply White Toothpaste on a white background

From trustworthy natural personal-care-products brand, Tom’s of Maine Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste delivers on its whitening promises without any harsh chemicals.

Pros: ADA-approved, no artificial flavorings or colorings, brand prioritizes sustainability and ethics

Cons: Some users dislike the taste, some complain that it’s less effective than traditional toothpastes in keeping breath fresh, price

Tom’s of Maine Simply White is one of very few toothpaste brands in the “natural” sector to earn ADA approval with proven whitening effects. If you prefer to steer clear of traditional toothpastes because of their ingredients, production process, or simply personal preference, Tom’s Simply White is the best bet for whiter teeth, vouched for by dentists and customers. 

Like most whitening toothpastes, Tom’s Simply White uses abrasives — in this case naturally-derived silicas — to scrub off surface stains. It’s flavored with peppermint oil which delivers a mild, not overpowering fresh flavor. The tube is recyclable, which we love, and it has a smaller cap and opening which, in our experience, makes for less of a mess but also means you can’t store it upright on your bathroom counter.

Tom’s also contains fluoride. There are oft-debated but largely unproven or debunked arguments against the naturally-occurring mineral, but it’s an ingredient the ADA and every dentist we spoke with strongly encourage people to look for in their toothpaste thanks to decades-long body of evidence that make it the gold standard in cavity prevention.

The best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth

A box of Crest Pro-Health Gum and Sensitivity Sensitive Toothpaste Gentle Whitening on a white background

Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening is a science-backed plaque remover and a rare combination of sensitivity relief and whitening power.

Pros: ADA-approved, relieves sensitivity

Cons: Some users dislike taste and texture, not enough relief for extremely sensitive users, whitening effects are subtle

There aren’t too many whitening toothpastes on the market that specifically cater to those with sensitive teeth. Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening, however, does and it’s the only ADA-approved toothpaste that offers both sensitivity relief and whitening effects. The stain removal is provided by hydrated silica, which acts as a gentle abrasive. This isn’t as extreme as some other products, both in terms of removing stains and causing sensitivity, so it’s a real trade off. But it’s the best-researched option out there for sensitivity sufferers looking for stain removal action.

The minty-sweet taste is mild but pleasant, and users say that, compared to other leading brands of sensitive toothpaste, it both tastes better and relieves sensitivity better. Like the Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel, we like that this tube has a flat flip cap for easy closure and the ability to stand vertical on a countertop to save space.

The best intensive whitening toothpaste

A tube of Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White is formulated with hydrogen peroxide and abrasives to provide a double-whammy whitening effect.

Pros: ADA-approved, extra-strength whitening ability

Cons: May leave a filmy mouthfeel after using

Colgate Optic White Advanced, like the other products on our list, contains gentle abrasives to scrub stains and polish teeth. But it also uses hydrogen peroxide for its natural lightening properties, giving you a one-two punch of whitening techniques – sort of like washing your white laundry with not just a strong detergent, but bleach too. 

It’s the only bleaching toothpaste (not merely stain-removing) that the ADA has granted approval to, and like all ADA-approved pastes, it includes fluoride for cavity prevention. Despite its powerful whitening ability, Optic White is safe for enamel and many people report less sensitivity and irritation than with other whitening toothpastes.

The toothpaste works by creating a sort of film on the surface of your teeth so that the hydrogen peroxide can continue to work for more than just the two minutes you spend brushing. As a result, some people don’t like the feeling it leaves after you brush.

How I tested

A pink toothbrush over a bathroom sink with toothpaste on it

In researching this piece, I consulted four dental professionals (see Expert Sources, below)  as well as several published, peer-reviewed articles testing the efficacy and safety of various whitening toothpaste and active ingredients. 

I also personally tried several kinds of toothpaste to take note of:

  • Taste: Toothpaste is toothpaste, not candy, so we don’t want to oversell the flavor of any of the products as “delicious” – but some pastes have strange, chemical, or overly-powerful flavors and aftertastes. Most of the pastes I tried had a simple, fresh taste that contributes to the overall clean feeling you want after brushing, but a few tasted mildly metallic or just plain unusual due to non-traditional flavoring ingredients.
  • Texture:  Generally, toothpaste is either a gel or a paste and is pretty thick. I paid mind to see if any felt chalky, runny, or gritty, as well as how well they lather and spread around the mouth. Items that didn’t make the cut usually felt weird in one of these ways.
  • Packaging/ease of use – It’s not terribly common, but some toothpaste tubes are somewhat difficult to use because of poorly-designed packaging. For example: one of the toothpastes I don’t recommend, the Plus Ultra, is in a metal tube similar to what artists’ paint comes in and was kind of a pain to squeeze. Conversely, all our picks have easy-to-open or -close caps.

What to look for in whitening toothpaste

There are two major categories of whitening ingredients in toothpaste: abrasives and bleaching agents. Most whitening toothpastes rely on gentle, enamel-safe abrasives that work to scrub off stains caused by eating and drinking. Technically, they’re not changing the color of your teeth, just cleaning off any gunk that might make them appear more yellow. This is going to be the vast majority of whitening toothpastes available, and is why most people need to use at-home whitening kits to see a truly brighter smile.

Bleaching agents (like peroxide), on the other hand, can actually lift the color in the outermost layers of your enamel. However, they’re less common in toothpastes because they usually need more than two minutes of contact to really work (hence, why whitening strips work – they hold the bleaching agent on your teeth for several minutes). Additionally, bleaching agents can be irritating and cause sensitivity for some. The only bleaching toothpaste that made our top picks, Colgate Optic White, actually creates a film that sits on your teeth, keeping them in contact with the hydrogen peroxide for longer than the few minutes you spend brushing.

According to Drs. El Chami, Hain, and Springs, the number one thing to look for when shopping for new products is the ADA seal of acceptance. Brands can choose to submit their products to the American Dental Association, a non-profit advocating for safe dental practices, for review to obtain its seal which signals that the dental community agrees there is enough research to substantiate that a product is safe and effective. This is especially important when it comes to whitening toothpastes, as they tend to use abrasives like silica (the same stuff that makes up most of sand) to scrub off stains. The ADA review ensures those abrasives aren’t doing more harm to your enamel than good. 

The other thing you need to look for is fluoride, a mineral that strengthens enamel and helps prevent cavities. The naturally-occurring mineral has been demonized by phony science, but the ADA, all our experts, and a whole body of research deem it not only safe in your toothpaste, but also necessary for preventing cavities. Learn more in our FAQs.

The only ingredients dentists recommend you avoid are sugars, which improve the flavor of toothpaste but can cause adverse effects including tooth decay. Fortunately, the majority of toothpastes utilize tooth-safe sugar alternatives like xylitol or stevia.

What else we considered

an open box of toothpaste products sitting on a bed

Relatively few products on the market bear the ADA approval seal, which our sources overwhelmingly told us was the best way to know a product’s claims have been substantiated by research and thus the ones we can recommend to you most confidently. That said, a product without the seal isn’t necessarily ineffectual or bad — it just likely didn’t undergo the organization’s optional review process (which does cost money, so is difficult for smaller companies to obtain). Here are some other, non-ADA-approved products that came up in our research:

What else we recommend

  • BURST Fluoride ($10): This brand’s fluoridated toothpaste also boasts a lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, along with parabens and artificial flavors and colors, but it tastes and feels perfectly normal. 
  • Smile Direct Club Premium Fluoride Whitening ($5): The brand you probably know from their subway ads also sells a whitening toothpaste, and it happens to be relatively inexpensive compared to other new-wave brands. It also tastes really good, in this writer’s opinion. 
  • Spotlight Oral Care Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth ($10): This dentist-designed product contains fluoride for healthy teeth, as well as hydrogen peroxide for a quick kick of whitening. 
  • Sensodyne Pronamel Mineral Boost with Gentle Whitening Action ($6): While not currently bearing the ADA seal, this new product could be a helpful whitening option for those with sensitive teeth. It purports to help your teeth better absorb minerals such as calcium and phosphate, thus strengthening your enamel. 

What we don’t recommend

  • PLUS ULTRA Mint Toothpaste ($10): This toothpaste takes “natural” to another level, starting with its unique leafy green appearance. It doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and its plant-derived ingredients are organic — but it also lacks fluoride, so we can’t recommend it. 
  • Huppy Peppermint Toothpaste Tablets ($12): Frequent travelers may appreciate that this paste comes in the form of tablets, complete with a little storage tin. Fluoride is left out, instead including a substance called nano-hydroxyapatite. But these tablets also contain charcoal, the safety of which is still hotly contested among dentists.
  • Luster Premium White Pearl Paste ($7): This paste doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens, but it does contain fluoride (important) and one other notable ingredient: pearl extracts, which purportedly work as abrasives to buff off surface stains. There’s no published clinical research on pearl as a tooth whitening agent, but telling people you brush your teeth with pearls will make you sound very fancy.

FAQs

Do whitening toothpastes actually work?

Yes — just maybe not as well as you might hope. Dr. Salierno explained to Insider that over-the-counter whitening toothpastes are best at removing surface stains, but for a more dramatic whitening effect, professional methods are your best bet

“The true whitening effect that patients are typically after is the result of the removal of intrinsic stain, or stain that is more deeply embedded in the tooth surface,” Salierno said. “In order to get a great whitening result, patients would do well to have a professional cleaning first, and then use a prescription-strength whitening agent as directed by their dental team.”

Bottom line: Whitening toothpastes are safe and can be effective at removing surface stains — just don’t expect a dramatic transformation from over-the-counter toothpaste alone.


Is charcoal toothpaste safe to whiten teeth?

Glad you asked. Charcoal is a trendy ingredient right now, making its way into food, cosmetics, and yes, toothpaste. The idea is that charcoal is able to absorb impurities and thus whiten teeth, but the clinical evidence isn’t great: Reviews of laboratory studies suggest that charcoal isn’t particularly effective as a whitening agent, despite its mildly abrasive properties.  What’s more, it has the potential to damage your enamel, discolor it permanently, and damage your gums, according to a 2019 study in the British Dental Journal. 

More recent research supports the safety of charcoal toothpastes, but dentists and researchers caution consumers that the charcoal actually runs the risk of scratching enamel or getting stuck in the gums and other crevices. Those with fillings should especially steer clear.


Is whitening toothpaste safe for my teeth?

For the most part, yes. While many whitening toothpastes use abrasive agents to scrub away stains, dentists and researchers generally find them safe and non-damaging to the enamel of your teeth. There are a few exceptions — see about charcoal, above — but for most people, whitening toothpastes don’t pose a threat to dental health. Dr. El Chami does caution, however, that those with sensitive teeth may want to avoid whitening toothpastes in favor of something gentler. 

Paul Springs, DMD, a prosthodontist who practices in Queens, New York, elaborated, adding, “Some brands contain grit particles that are too large, which irreversibly wears down tooth enamel. This is often an issue with charcoal or baking soda toothpastes made by unrecognizable brands, so I strongly recommend patients only use toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval to avoid that issue.”

Just because a product doesn’t bear the ADA seal doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, but lesser-known brands may use questionable ingredients (or even questionable forms of ingredients that are generally considered tooth-safe) that are too gritty and can wear down your enamel. The ADA seal is your confirmation that everything in the tube is safe for at-home use.


What’s the big deal about the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

As we mentioned earlier, the ADA seal program is an optional review process in which companies may choose to submit a product to the professional organization for independent review to determine if there is sufficient research backing up the safety and efficacy of the product. 

Because the review process is optional and potentially cost-prohibitive to smaller companies, there are many toothpastes and other dental products on the market that don’t bear the ADA seal. This doesn’t necessarily mean the products aren’t up to snuff — but the dentists we consulted with highly recommend sticking to ADA-approved products to ensure you’re getting a product that actually works and is safe. 

As Dr. Springs put it, “Not having the seal isn’t enough to condemn a product, but there is enough that [damage enamel] that I wouldn’t risk chancing it.”


Is fluoride really safe?

Fluoride has been demonized by oversimplified health information and conspiracy theories for decades for supposedly causing dental staining and even cancer. While this is technically true of the chemical, it would need to be ingested in very large quantities to have these severe negative effects, far more than fluoridated water and toothpaste are likely to provide. 

The dental community is at a consensus that not only is fluoridated toothpaste safe, it’s strongly recommended for the purpose of preventing cavities and strengthening enamel throughout your life. In fact, the ADA will not grant its seal of acceptance to any toothpaste which does not include fluoride. This goes for standard as well as whitening toothpastes — ideally fluoride is going to be included in any toothpaste you use daily.

Expert sources

Dr. Ben El Chami, DMD is a dentist and the co-founder and chief dental officer of dntlbar, a family of Manhattan dental practices. 

Dr. Chris Salierno, DDS is a dentist and the chief dental officer of Tend, a family of dental practices with locations in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Courtney Hain, DDS is a dentist who owns and operates her own practice, Smile San Francisco.

Dr. Paul Springs, DMD, is a prosthodontist who practices with Dr. Mondshine and Associates, a dental practice in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

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60 gifts Mom will love – from a convertible handbag to a waterproof Kindle

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  • Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 60 thoughtful gifts.
  • From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there’s a gift for all tastes and budgets.
  • For more inspiration, check out all of the Insider Reviews gift guides.

Although mothers may be challenging to shop for – humbly resigning to the phrase “you don’t have to get me anything” – we can safely say she’ll love any of the gifts in this guide.

This list can help you find what you’re looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she’s into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there’s a unique gift for Mom, below.

Here are 60 of the best gifts for Mom:

A box of fresh Georgia peaches

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Georgia Peaches Gift Box, $49, available at Goldbelly

For a gift that’s fresh and delicious, send Mom a box of Georgia peaches. She’ll be sure to love this farm-to-table gift that’s handpicked, packed, and shipped right to her doorstep through Goldbelly. The Pearson Family has been growing peaches in Georgia for over 130 years, so you can’t go wrong with this pick. 

Read our full review of Goldbelly here.

A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces

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Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, $39.99, available at Amazon

Your mom’s soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She’ll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry. 

A chic purse that can turn into a backpack

The Senreve Alunna convertible handbag that goes from a purse to a backpack, in a chestnut color and with flowers to the side

Alunna, $645, available at Senreve 

A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that’s both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom’s essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder.

A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds

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Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, $349.85, available at Amazon

Summer’s here, which, for some moms, means it’s time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom’s life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She’ll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.

Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.  

A daily planner for the busy mom

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Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, $20.97, available at Amazon 

Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She’ll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners.

A digital picture frame for remembering the good times

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Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

It’s hard to find a mom who isn’t obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she’s all set. 

Read our full review of Aura here.

A pair of cozy slippers

Ugg Coquette Slipper; gift for mom

Coquette Slipper, $120, available at Ugg

Slippers may seem like a pedestrian gift for Mom, but they don’t have to be if you shop the right pair. The Coquette features Ugg’s signature sheepskin interior and exterior, plus a lightweight outsole that can also travel outside. You can read more about why we love this slipper in our review of our favorite Ugg slippers

A passport cover and luggage tag

Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set graduation gifts for her

Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, starting at $85 + monogram from $20, available at Leatherology

Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She’ll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials. 

A hair dryer she’ll never want to put down

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer; gift for mom

Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.99, available at Dyson

Don’t let the price of this hair dryer scare you away from gifting it to your mom. If she’s the type of mom who loves taking care of her hair, the Supersonic is extra speedy and quiet. She’ll appreciate that this gift makes her morning routine easy and enjoyable. We’ve also mentioned this Dyson favorite in our guide to the best hair dryers

A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity

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Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at Cameo

When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from “The Office” or most-loved musician. Whether it’s for her birthday, Mother’s Day, or a different milestone, there’s something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.

Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo

A face mask set for at-home spa days

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Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, $56, available at fresh

Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator.

A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat gift for mom

ProLite Yoga Mat, $95, available at Manduka

For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.

A personalized photo calendar for her desk

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, $30, available at Artifact Uprising

A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She’ll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you.

A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography

Women: The National Geographic Image Collection gift for Mom

“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection”, $27.21, available at Amazon

You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom.

A tablet that does it all

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Fire HD 10 tablet, starting at $124.95, available on Amazon

The Fire Tablet will be Mom’s new best friend. Choose from four different colors and 32 GB or 64 GB storage. She can spend up to 12 hours reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music before needing to recharge. It’s the perfect handheld size for switching between her emails, video calls, and shopping lists, too.

Popular leggings with a no-slip fit

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Daily Legging, $84, available at Vuori

Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand’s smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.

Read more about the Daily Legging here.

A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style

GlassesUSA sunglasses for Mom

Check out GlassesUSA’s selection of sunglasses, starting at $29

Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. 

Read our full review of GlassesUSA here.

A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs

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Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $49.99, available at Amazon

She can access hundreds of streaming services, including HuluNetflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices.

A hardcover photo book for any mother figure

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Hardcover Photo Book, starting $69, available at Artifact Uprising

Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.

The weighted sleep mask that’s the ticket to instant sleep

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Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, $27.20, available at Anthropologie

Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position. 

A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things

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Annual Membership, $180/year, available at MasterClass

MasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It’s interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site’s classes for the year.

The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.

Read our full review of MasterClass here.

A cardigan that’s a crossover of style and comfort

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Everlane Texture Cotton Cardigan, $98, available at Everlane

You can never go wrong with a cardigan, especially one as comfy as this. If your mom is like mine, she has a go-to “restaurant” sweater or “movie theater” sweater. Gift her a new favorite with this minimalist ribbed design.

Read more about our favorite cardigans here.

Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals

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Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $29.99, available at Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that’s based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula’s color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.

Read our full review of Function of Beauty here.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $240, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.

The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.

A fancy candle set

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Otherland Candles The Threesome, $89, available at Otherland

Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that’s a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift.

Read our full review of Otherland candles here.

Barack Obama’s bestselling book

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“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama on Kindle, $17.99

If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama’s bestselling book ‘A Promised Land’ is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version. 

Alexa-enabled glasses

Echo Frames

Echo Frames Smart Glasses, $174.99

If your mom loves tech, she’ll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon’s Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa’s skills.

A water bottle that solves all pain points

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

Hydo Flask’s products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that’s otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs.

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A luxurious bathrobe

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, $99, available at Parachute

A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. 

Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here.

The Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo (4th Generation), $99.99, available at Amazon

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here.

A fresh flower bouquet

UrbanStems

The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., $39 and up

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $60 and up

We’ve ordered bouquets from The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems and both offer gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they’re delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she’ll love on any given day. 

Read our full reviews of The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems.

A cute potted plant instead of flowers

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Shop The Sill’s selection of plants from $20

The Sill is a relatively new startup that’s making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. 

Read our full review of The Sill here.

The gift of comfortable loungewear

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Shop all women’s loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy John

Tommy John E-Gift Card, $25-$250, available at Tommy John

The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John’s loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women’s underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too.

Pearl hoop earrings

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Mejuri Pearl Hoops, $65, available at Mejuri

Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company’s delicate jewelry, too.

Read our full review of Mejuri here.

A delicious treat from Milk Bar

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Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar’s Gift Shop from $24

Milk Bar’s treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B’Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here.

A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside

Murray's Cheese

Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, $95, available at Murray’s Cheese

Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray’s Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It’s a mouthwatering gift for Mom that’ll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray’s Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.

A custom map poster

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap

Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom’s hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.

Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here.

Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend

Margaux Slippers

Slippers, $158, available at Margaux

Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She’ll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house.

A heated massager to melt the day away

Infospa

InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, $49.97, available at Amazon

After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.

Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here.

A ‘book of the month’ membership

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Book of the Month Monthly Membership, $49.99, available at Book of the Month

If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month. 

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

On the other hand, if she’s tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.

A weighted blanket to help her sleep better

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, $249, available at Bearaby

Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets

An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $99.95, available at Click & Grow

Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. 

Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here.

A Le Creuset Dutch oven

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Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, $160, available at Williams-Sonoma

At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom’s favorite. We’ve even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens

Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here.

A cookbook for ‘Girl Meets Farm’ fans

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, $19.54, available at Amazon

Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you’ll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family.

A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home

Totally Bamboo

Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, $29.99, available at Amazon

Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It’s a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen. 

A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat

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Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, starting at $99, available at Amazon and Target

The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines

A roomy work bag with tons of pockets

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Dagne Dover Legend Tote, $149, available at Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover’s Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go. 

An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials

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Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet, $175, available at Cuyana (+ $15 for monogram)

A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman’s everyday style and keeps her organized when she’s constantly moving from place to place. You can get this Italian leather wallet from Cuyana in seven colors. We really love the Stone leather version that has a surprise red lining on the inside for a pop of color. 

A jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at Catbird

This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that’ll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand.

A foam pillow from a popular mattress startup

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from one of our favorite mattress startups, Leesa. 

A room diffuser

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Room Diffuser, $83.30, available at Nordstrom

A more modern alternative to potpourri, a diffuser is a grown-up way to add a subtle fragrance to her home.

A personalized T-shirt

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Known Supply Personalized Women’s Fitted Crew, $32, available at Known Supply

You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with “mom” or “mama” — or any other name that’s under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive. 

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $50, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. 

Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here.

A pair of sunglasses that will stay on

Gifts for Mom Maho

Tulum No. 2 Sunglasses, $150, available at Maho Shades

If Mom loves to spend time outside but doesn’t want to sacrifice style for functionality, these shades have an extra sturdy grip that’s meant to keep them snug through more intensive activity. 

A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram

gifts for mom

Leatherology Meadow Mini Camera Bag, from $150, available at Leatherology (+ $40 for hand-painted monogram)

This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $40, you can customize it with hand-painted monogram. 

A retro-inspired electric kettle

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SMEG 50’s Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, $159.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she’ll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric and stovetop tea kettles

A DNA test kit

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23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, $149, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who’s interested in learning more about her family history.

An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $79.95, available at Amazon

Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn’t mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.

Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks

A pendant necklace

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Set & Stones

Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, $198, available at Nordstrom

Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It’ll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you. 

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27 quirky gifts from Urban Outfitters, from mini playing cards to outdoor movie projector

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There’s no better feeling than finding a gift that you just know perfectly aligns with your giftee’s tastes and personality. Searching for unique gift ideas that feel special and tailor-made for a specific person is no easy task. Thankfully, Urban Outfitters is the ultimate source for fun gifts that are quirky and unique enough to truly stand out.

Whether it’s clothing, tech, home accessories, or anything in between, Urban Outfitters gift options cover a wide spectrum so you can shop for everyone on your list. We combed through its vast selection ourselves to put together a list of our top Urban Outfitters gifts.

Here are 27 quirky and cool gifts from Urban Outfitters:

A bluetooth-enabled sleep mask

Urban Outfitters Wireless Bluetooth Music Sleep Mask; gift from Urban Outfitters

Wireless Bluetooth Music Sleep Mask, $40 

Sometimes, quality sleep is the best gift of all. They can block out the sunlight and doze off to their favorite songs, podcasts, or audiobooks with the help of this sleep mask.

A cookbook for making food and taking out emotions

"Steamed: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner and Your Feelings On the Table" by Rachel Levin and Tara Duggan; gift from Urban Outfitters

“Steamed: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner and Your Feelings On the Table” by Rachel Levin and Tara Duggan, $20 

A cookbook is a pretty standard gift for any foodie, but this one is different from the rest. It not only shares delicious recipes, but it also helps readers release their feelings while creating the dishes. They can make recipes like Pounded Chicken Parmesan, Feeling Sad French Onion Soup, and Tune-It-Out Tinga.

An underwater camera for fun photoshoots

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Sunnylife X Rolling Stones Underwater 35mm Camera, $24 

Whoever you’re shopping for likely already owns a camera or has one built into their phone. But those cameras probably can’t capture photos underwater. This 35mm camera is the perfect gift for summer, allowing them to do underwater photoshoots with their loved ones.

A colorful puzzle for cat lovers

Cat Zodiac 500-Piece Puzzle; gift from Urban Outfitters

Cat Zodiac 500-Piece Puzzle, $15 

For the cat and horoscope enthusiast, they’ll have a blast with this 500-piece puzzle. While it’s challenging to put together, they’ll enjoy the end results. Cats that represent each of the twelve horoscope signs cover the puzzle, with bright colors and beautiful illustrations.

A book with creative cocktail recipes they’ve never tried

"Cocktails with a Twist: 21 Classic Recipes. 141 Great Cocktails" by Kara Newman; gift from Urban Outfitters

“Cocktails with a Twist: 21 Classic Recipes. 141 Great Cocktails” by Kara Newman, $19.95 

If the person you’re shopping for can’t seem to find exciting, new cocktail recipes, get them this book. It shares creative renditions of 21 classic drinks. They can’t get bored with these fresh takes on cocktails like the Manhattan and Negroni.

A mini card game

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World’s Smallest Uno Card Game, $6

Now they can take the fun of Uno anywhere thanks to this super small set. It features all the same cards as the traditional game, but is mini enough they can even slip it in their pocket. 

An illustrated ukelele

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Ukelele, $30

Whether they’re already a pro player or looking to start up a brand new hobby, this ukelele is a unique gift idea. It’s also as beautiful to display as it is fun to play.  

An at-home foot spa

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HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa, $25

Pamper their feet with this delightful at-home foot spa that offers a gentle bubble massage. It even has toe-touch control and a splash guard to ensure a mess-free indulgence.

A mini backpack for all the essentials

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BDG Mini Backpack, $19.99

This versatile mini backpack is large enough to fit everything they need for a weekend day out and about, while still being compact enough for easy on-the-go travel. A handy side and front pocket make accessing essentials easy, and it comes in an array of color options from classic black to an ombre-style pink and red.

A fleece blanket that will keep them warm all season long

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Amped Fleece Throw Blanket, from $29

Some days, it’s just too cold to leave the couch. With plenty of color choices, this fleece throw is bound to please anyone.

A colorful camera to capture new memories

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Fujifilm UO Exclusive Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, $69

This instant camera is the latest from Fujifilm, and it makes capturing memories more fun than ever. If you’re feeling especially generous, get them some film so they can start snapping right away.

A cheese board for the plant lover in your life

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Daisy Cheese Board, $18

If you ask me, cheese tastes better when it’s served on a daisy-shaped board. This cheese board is sure to be a hit at any happy hour, dinner party, or game night. 

Colorful roller skates

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Roller Derby Candi Grl Quad Roller Skate, $109

They can sail around the neighborhood or work on their fancy footwork at the boardwalk. These colorful skates are both an eye-catching accessory and an easy mode of transportation. They come in green, pink, and blue.

A record player that sounds as great as it looks

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Crosley UO Exclusive Cream + Rose Gold Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player, $99

A record player is a worthy investment that they’ll use for years to come. Its portability and subtle cream color make this specific version an excellent addition to any room. 

A sustainable and stylish tote

Urban Outfitters gifts Keith Haring Tote

Keith Haring Tote Bag, $24

As reusable bags become a sustainability staple, they’ve also become a means for expressing one’s personal style. This machine-washable, faded tote bag pays homage to Keith Haring.

A hoop earring set for any occasion

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Hollow Hoop Earring Set, $20

A good pair of hoops goes a long way. Luckily, this set gives you three pairs in either silver or gold. 

A necklace that makes layering easier than ever

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Chain Necklace Set, $18

This set of three gold or silver chain necklaces will allow them to mix and match however they want. They can wear all three together to take the guesswork out of layering, or they can pair each individual chain with their go-tos for a new take on their favorite look.

A mini projector for at-home movies

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Packard Bell Home Theater Projector And Screen, $98

Turn any backyard, patio, or rooftop into the ultimate at-home movie theater with this mini projector and screen. It can be adjusted from 32 inches to 150 inches to fit just about any space and easily hooks up to a gaming system, cable, or streaming box. Pair this with some fun bean bags for an extra comfy setup. 

A gift card for those who just can’t decide

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Gift Card, from $25

One of the best things about Urban Outfitters is the variety. For those who like to be open to options, a gift card is a perfect solution. 

A warm hug from a heatable plush

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Smoko Toasty Heatable Plushie, $36

This cozy llama is the perfect companion for a cold day. The material is both microwaveable and freezable, so this heating pad can double as an ice pack. 

A poster fit for any Baby Yoda fan

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Baby Yoda Poster, $10

The most adorable star of “The Mandalorian” can now live right in their bedroom (sort of). If you’re looking for more Baby Yoda gifts, we’ve got you covered.

A sweatshirt for anything – from sports to sleep

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $54

Whether relaxing at home or getting in a workout, this sweatshirt is up for the task. Plus, it’s offered in many different colors (though neutrals are only available currently).

A cool storage space for their cosmetics

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Cooluli Mini Beauty Refrigerator, $49.95

This miniature fridge is specifically designed for cosmetics that need to be kept cool, such as serums and creams. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiasts in your life. 

A pair of boots appropriate for any season

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Dr. Martens Jadon Platform 8-Eye Boot, $180

Doc Martens have been a staple for years, and with good reason. These boots are ready for all seasons, outfits, and gift recipients.  

A smiling basketball for a happy athlete

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Chinatown Market X Smiley UO Exclusive Smiley Basketball, $59

This basketball is bound to make anyone smile. The Chinatown Market X Smiley collaboration will be a hit on the court. 

An adorable donut toaster

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Dash Mini Donut Maker, $30

This mini donut toaster packs in all of the fun and none of the frying. It cooks up to seven mini donuts at a time in less than three minutes, so their sweet tooth won’t have to wait all too long.

A light that’s almost good enough to eat

best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Smoko UO Exclusive Dumpling Light, $22

What’s cuter than a smiling dumpling? This portable light adds just the right amount of glow (and a slight dumpling craving) to dark nights. 

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7 reparative hair masks you can buy on Amazon

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Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment Hair Mask
  • Hair masks are a quick, easy, and affordable way to strengthen, smooth, and nourish hair without a trip to the salon for an expensive treatment.
  • We rounded up 7 top-rated hair masks you can buy on Amazon if you’re looking to boost hair health and hydration stat.
  • You can also read our guide to the best hair masks for tips on what to look for, as well as some of our favorites.

Keeping hair shiny and smooth takes some effort. Between coloring, heat-styling, and even the weather, life takes its toll on your strands. Luckily, there’s a solution: hair masks. When plain old conditioner isn’t cutting it, a hair mask is an easy way to give your locks some extra love from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen strands, restore hydration, stop frizz, or fix breakage, there’s a hair mask out there for you. So say goodbye to dry and damaged and keep reading for some of the best-selling hair masks on Amazon that’ll repair those strands and bring your locks back to life.

A toning hair mask for blondes

Bold UNIQ Purple Hair Mask

Bold Uniq Purple Hair Mask, $30

If your goal is to keep color-treated blonde hair looking good as new, go for a toning hair mask. This one has a purple tint that removes brassy and yellow tones, which extends the life of your blonde post-salon. The hydrating formula is filled with oils to nourish and strengthen as well, as coloring can be hard on your tresses.

A replenishing hair mask with a clean formula

Amika soulfood nourishing mask

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask, $28

Treat your hair to weightless hydration and shine with this weekly deep conditioning treatment. It leaves hair soft, shiny, and bouncy. The clean, cruelty-free formula is gentle on hair and body, but sure to leave hair soft, shiny, and bouncy.

A reparative mask for damaged strands

Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment Hair Mask

Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment, $36

Mend split ends and moisturize strands with a trio of brazilian butters: cupuacu, murumuru, and tucuma. Reviewers say there hair was noticeably smoother after just one use. Dare we say, it’ll make those strands soft as butter.

A top-rated argan oil mask

Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask, $13

For soft, silky strands you’ll want a formula full of fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients, just like this argan oil hair mask. The simple formula works well on all hair types.

A deep conditioning mask for dry hair

ecoLove Deep Condition Hair Mask

EcoLove Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, $18

This deep conditioning mask gives dry hair a major boost of hydration. The formula is made with organic vegetable extracts, enriched with Dead Sea water, and essential oils to restore hair’s natural texture and shine.

A conditioning argan oil mask

Artnaturals Argan Oil & Aloe Hair Mask

Artnaturals Argan Oil & Aloe Hair Mask, $13

Hair breakage is a huge obstacle to hair growth. When hair is dry, damaged, and breaking off, it makes it difficult for hair to grow longer. If you’re looking to repair hair and promote growth, try turning off the hot tools and adding in a nourishing hair mask like this one to nourish tresses. This mask is filled with argan oil, aloe vera, keratin, and jojoba oil which hydrate, strengthen, and repair stressed strands.

A hair mask to revive lifeless hair

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, $36

Strengthen damaged hair and prevent future damage with this deep conditioning mask from Briogeo. With rosehip oil to control frizz and boost hydration, algae extract to protect strands and scalp from free-radical damage, and vitamins to nourish hair from heat and chemical damage, this formula gives you everything you need for healthy, shiny locks.

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9 ways to get a sunless tan this summer

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St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist
  • Looking to get a summery glow without the sunburn?
  • Self-tanners are a safe, healthy way to get that sun-kissed look without the sun.
  • We’ve rounded up some of the best self-tanners you can buy on Amazon.
  • From mousses to sprays, we’ve covered it all. Keep reading to find 9 of our picks, that work for all different skin types and budgets.

Self-tanner is a quick, safe, and (sometimes) easy way to get a sun-kissed glow without spending hours under the sun’s harmful UV rays or in an equally skin-unfriendly tanning bed.

All self-tanners work differently: some give skin an immediate bronze boost while others develop more gradually. While they should work easily, some self-tanners can be sticky and hard to apply evenly. And, let’s face it, a streaky self-tan looks far from natural.

From lotions to wipes to mousses, there are so many self-tanner options out there. We’ve done the heavy lifting to find the best self-tanners that will leave your skin glowy and streak-free. Keep reading for 9 products that’ll give you a healthy glow fast. Plus, they’re all available on Amazon Prime, so they’ll get to you even faster than you could get out for a weekend laying on the beach.

Skinerals Sunless Tanning Mousse

Skinerals Onyx Extra Dark Self Tanner

Skinerals Onyx Extra Dark Sunless Tanning Mousse, $27

This lightweight, non-sticky mousse gives your face and body a natural glow that’ll last for a whole week. The green-based formula ensures your skin is free of that orange, fake tan look.

Coco & Eve Bali Bronzing Foam

Coco & Eve Tanning Mousse

Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam, $35

With a delicious tropical scent and three natural shades to choose from, Coco & Eve’s Bronzing Foam truly gives you that just-got-back-from-Bali bronze. The formula is packed with nourishing botanicals and amino acids. Featuring the brand’s proprietary Cellushape technology, this product firms and hydrates while it darkens.

Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil

Coola Organic Sunless Tanner Spray

Coola Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist, $46

For a seamless application and gradual glow, go for this fine mist from Coola. Just spritz the oil over your body, rub into skin, and you’re done. The mist makes for a streak-free tan and the formula (enriched with argan oil, aloe vera and hibiscus) gives skin a boost of hydration to make you truly glow.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, $14

This product has been a drugstore self-tan favorite for years now, and for good reason. If a gradual, buildable bronze is what you’re looking for, the aptly-named lotion is for you. Just use it in place of your regular daily moisturizer to get that subtle glow.

Loving Tan 2-Hour Express Bronzing Mousse

Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Bronzing Mousse

Loving Tan 2-Hour Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse, $40

With a salon-inspired formula, you know this is going to be the real deal. This bronzing mousse develops in just two hours. Apply, let dry, rinse, and you’re ready to show off that sun-kissed glow.

St. Tropez Self Tan Face Mist

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, $30

While there are plenty of great self tanner options out there, not all are made for the delicate skin on your face. This St. Tropez Face Mist goes on clear, is infused with hyaluronic acid for ultimate hydration, and has a gentle formula that won’t block pores or cause acne. It’s the perfect way to add some sun-free color to your summer skincare routine.

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner, $31

This moisturizing lotion loaded with shea butter and aloe vera keeps your skin supple, smooth, and straight-up glowy. We love the clean formula; it’s paraben-free, phthalate-free, and has no questionable chemical-based active ingredients.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

Vita Liberata Advanced Organics Self Tanning Lotion

Vita Liberata Advanced Organics Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, $16

This hydrating lotion goes on clear, so you can use it in the morning and then get dressed without worrying about staining your clothes. Major self-tanning win. The brand recommends applying it with a mitt for a streak-free glow.

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum, $33

Give your skin some love and color with this nourishing formula filled with coconut oil, hyaluronic acid and silk amino acids. The lightweight serum is easy to apply, just use the included gloves, and dries quickly.

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CauseBox is changing its name to Alltrue, but it still offers the same eco-conscious products we love

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  • Alltrue, which was previously Causebox, is a subscription box service that’s delivered seasonally.
  • Each box has products from socially conscious brands, including homeware, jewelry, and more.
  • Alltrue offers both annual memberships for $49.95 or a quarterly subscription for $54.95.

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Subscription services like BirchBox and Stitch Fix have gained a lot of attention over the last few years, spurring more and more brands to take the subscription route in order to provide unique experiences for their customers.

Alltrue is one such company capitalizing on the trend of sending clothing, beauty products, and home decor via subscription – but what sets it apart is that all the products inside its boxes are sourced from socially, economically, and environmentally conscious brands. The product team at Alltrue, which until a recent rebrand was called Causebox, works with the founders of companies doing social good and asks them about why they give back, who they are directly impacting, and where their products are made. An open line of communication between Alltrue and its partners ensures that the companies are following through with their missions and goals.

Co-founders Matt Richardson and Brett McCollum made giving back their ultimate vision for the company – and to complete that vision, Alltrue volunteers with and donates to different charities to help them with their growth and impact. Past charities have included Speak Your Silence, which helps those affected by sexual abuse and assault to move forward. Others, like Trees for the Future, work to end hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa through agricultural practices.

How does Alltrue work and what does it cost?

The bright, charming packages are created and sent on a seasonal schedule – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Like most subscription services, the boxes come in a convenient package and arrive at your door on a scheduled basis. I received a spring box and had a really lovely experience with it – from the moment I got my box to the time I spent actually using the products inside.

Alltrue offers customers two subscription options: the quarterly subscription ($54.95 per box), and the annual subscription ($49.95 per box, a total of $199.8 per year). After choosing your preferred method, you’ll create an account online and begin your customization process.

Each seasonal box offers six to eight new products – each one from a socially conscious brand, and some even created exclusively for Alltrue customers. If you sign up for the annual subscription service, you can customize your product options based on pattern, color, or product type. The best part about the box is that it includes a little notebook in each package so you can read a story behind every product included.

Your Alltrue will ship within the first couple weeks of the seasonal months and it typically takes two to eight days to arrive. If you chose the custom Alltrue, you’ll be able to tailor your delivery preferences.

CauseBox

What’s inside an Alltrue box?

The actual box is cute and colorful, but the reason Alltrue is so special is because of the items housed inside. Each box comes with six to eight products that are all cruelty-free, sustainably sourced, and intended to serve, support, and empower disadvantaged communities. They all include some combination of jewelry, skincare/beauty products, accessories, home decor, wellness products, and even artwork.

My box contained items from every one of these categories – my favorite items were the Megan Portfolio Clutch from Glass Ladder Co. (valued at $120), and the Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask (valued at $54). I was also able to choose certain items like the Cleobella Silky Scarf and the Marina de Buchi Luxe Charm Bracelet, along with a few others (a perk of signing up for the annual membership).

Is Alltrue worth the cost?

The $50 price tag per Alltrue isn’t a hefty cost when you consider the value of the contents inside. Each box has an estimated value of over $200 – according to the website, my products added up to $341.90.

There are definitely a couple of items that I won’t use all too often, so in my opinion, the value of the box isn’t as high as estimated. But, the option to personalize my box made me enjoy the products inside even more.

The bottom line

The convenience, overall cost, and quality of the products make the Alltrue a good investment, particularly if you’re signing up as a way to treat yourself. I feel better about using the office items, accessories, home products, and skincare simply because they are all eco-friendly and sustainably sourced.

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27 of the best skincare products available on Amazon, according to thousands of rave reviews

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  • There are plenty of standout products hiding in plain sight on Amazon.
  • Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 skincare products with near-perfect reviews.
  • You’ll also find the overall Amazon rating and what they’re built to do for your skin.

Have you ever reached the end of Amazon page results?

To me, it sounds more like a riddle of what would happen if you were to reach the ends of the earth or beat an unbeatable video game. Does the internet break? Does time cease and then, rapidly, ominously, move backward?

Guessing by Amazon’s sheer selection size, we aren’t going to find out any time soon so put that existential dread to bed. The online behemoth’s plethora of options makes it both the most convenient place to buy things you already love, and one of the tougher places to apply its frequent discounts to new worthwhile buys – like skincare, which can be more expensive than it warrants thanks to beauty industry markups.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 solid skincare products flying under the radar on Amazon that you may want to check out the next time you need a vitamin C serum and don’t want to drop $100 or more. The following cult favorites have hundreds – if not thousands – of five-star reviews you can vet yourself before buying, too.

27 under-the-radar skincare products with near-perfect Amazon reviews:

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

This exfoliating face wash uses the acne-clearing agent salicylic acid, which keeps blackheads and pimples at bay. The BHA gently scrubs away dead skin cells, and it uses a less harsh and more budget-friendly formula than many other face scrubs.

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Advanced Scar Gel (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,300+

Whether you struggle with new or old acne scars, Amazon shoppers love using this gel to treat scarring. One swipe per day of the clinically approved cream can start improving the appearance, color, and texture of scars.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

Amazon users say that even those who hate using sunscreen will like this one. They also say the stick formula glides on smoothly and works well, but you’ll just want to be careful not to miss any spots. Since there’s no fragrance, it’s a friendlier option for sensitive skin.

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

If you have super dry skin, this natural soap made with shea butter, oatmeal, and sand exfoliates without stripping moisture. Many reviewers said they used this soap up quickly, so make sure to store it away from the water if you want to prolong its use.

Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Stickers

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Mighty Patch Original (36-count) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,100+

The skincare community has adopted this new spot treatment for its gentle approach to targeting acne — no popping necessary. Our team loves it too. Just clean the area you want to apply it to, stick a patch on, and wait overnight. 

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 5,300+

Easily shave off peach fuzz, remove dead skin, or clean up your eyebrows with this multi-purpose facial tool. The blades have tiny guards so it makes face shaving less intimidating and safer to use. 

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Healing Ointment (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,325+

Comparable to Vaseline, this thick ointment cream is used to relieve dry, cracked skin. People often use it to treat severe eczema and psoriasis. But even for more tame skin, a little bit goes a long way and is useful to have if you live in an area with cold weather or frequently use hand sanitizer. 

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,300+

These handheld brushes are a gentler alternative to washcloths and a more effective technique than your hands. For people with sensitive skin who cannot use harsh scrubs, this turns your everyday facial cleanser into a light exfoliant. 

Thayers Facial Toner

Thayers Facial Toner

Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner (small, Preferred: Amazon)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 4,300+

Thayers’ witch hazel toner is a cult favorite of the online beauty community, and it’s consistently one of Amazon’s most popular skincare products under $25. Rose water, aloe vera, and a proprietary witch hazel extract work gently and efficiently to cleanse and hydrate skin, tighten pores, and control oil production.

Thayers supposedly creates the only witch hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the witch hazel shrub, meaning they should maintain the highest levels of therapeutic tannins (mild antioxidants that nourish the skin).

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Indian Healing Clay Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,700+

This underground beauty community Holy Grail has shown up everywhere from the Sephora beauty blog to Youtube vlogs. I wrote my own love letter to it after receiving a glowing recommendation from a colleague.

It’s been called the ‘world’s most powerful mask’ and with good reason: the 100% natural calcium bentonite clay draws out all the impurities deep in your skin, and, especially if mixed with apple cider vinegar, effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin for a smoother, more even texture.

Esarora Ice Roller

Esarora Ice Roller

Ice Roller for Face & Eye (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,550+

The Esarora Ice Roller is designed to shrink pores and puffiness and act as minor pain relief for migraines, sunburns, and sinus discomfort.

Dermal 16-Pack Sheet Mask Set

Dermal 16 Pack Sheet Mask Set

Korea Facial Mask Sheets (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,500+ 

This combo pack is designed to cover pretty much every common skin concern, with each sheet mask using a different specialized ingredient — from snail extract to hyaluronate to cucumber. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

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Drying Lotion (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,700+

The powerful drying lotion has been described as “magic” for zapping whiteheads overnight. Dab a bit on your whitehead and it should be gone in the morning. A little goes a long way and the bottle can last you half a year.

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

Insta Natural’s gel facial cleanser combines vitamin C, organic aloe, and green tea extract for a gentle face wash that works to remove dull cells, fade sun spots and discoloration, and leave skin feeling hydrated and clean. 

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea Mud Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

New York Biology’s Dead Sea Mask is designed for all skin types. It’s infused with minerals, aloe-vera, chamomile extract, vitamin A, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba oil, and claims to leave you with a clean, refreshed feeling.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,375+

Micellar waters are beloved for their ability to refresh and cleanse skin while respecting its natural moisture barrier, and they’re often used as the first step in a dual-cleansing routine. Garnier’s version has racked up thousands of glowing reviews for its gentle, effective cleansing. 

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

Retinol Cream Moisturizer (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 6,800+

LilyAna Naturals’ Retinol Cream Moisturizer works to fade sun damage, dark spots, and acne scars, and to reduce fine lines. It also contains a hydrating combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea, shea butter, and jojoba oil to balance the dryness of retinol with prescription-strength effectiveness. 

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 3,400+

EltaMD UV is an oil-free facial sunscreen that has zinc oxide with broad-spectrum coverage to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It’s lightweight, silky, and good for sensitive- and acne-prone skin as well as those dealing with rosacea and discoloration.

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Facial Spray Herbs/Rosewater and Cucumber/Green Tea, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,350+

Mario Badescu’s bestselling duo includes two of its cult-favorite facial sprays: Rosewater and Green Tea. Both combine gentle and non-irritating aloe and herbal extracts to serve as a “pick-me-up” for dry, tired skin — either on their own or to set makeup.  

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

Hydrating Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

CeraVe’s bestselling cleanser is formulated with essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that cleanses, hydrates, and helps build up the skin’s own protective barrier. It’s fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and non-drying to aid the skin’s natural moisture levels.

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,200+ 

This fast-absorbing vitamin C Serum works to brighten and even skin tone as well as boost its collagen production. Vitamins E and C fade hyperpigmentation, fade scars, and reduce fine lines, and it should be gentle enough for all-over use. LilyAna Naturals also has a 100% money-back guarantee, in case it’s not a fit for you.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Best budget beauty picks_CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Moisturizing Cream (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,450+

CeraVe is a trusted drugstore brand with a dedicated band of followers. This face and body cream for normal-to-dry skin moisturizes, restores, and maintains a protective skin barrier to keep skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,100+

Paula’s Choice is best-known for its gentle, transparent skincare products, and this Skin Perfecting 2% BHA is a good example. It has 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid to unclog and minimize enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin, and reduce fine lines. The exfoliation should also brighten and even out skin tone. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

Face Moisturizers for every skin type_Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin (Neutrogena)

Hydro Boost Gel Cream (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,650+

Neutrogena’s 1.7-ounce, non-comedogenic gel face cream is a godsend for ultra-dry skin. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, that can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. 

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

Naturals Vitamin C Serum (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5

Five-star reviews: 9,900+

Some vitamin C serums go for $160 and up, but this one has garnered a loyal following for much less (you should also check out Maelove’s $28 Glow Maker). It lightens dark spots, reduces fine lines, and improves clarity with a blend of nutrients designed to aid collagen production. You’ll find ingredients like vitamin C, botanical hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and aloe vera, witch hazel, and organic jojoba oil to nourish skin.

Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator

Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator

Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,600+

Exfoliate dead and dull skin cells and moisturize your skin’s base with this microdermabrasion facial scrub. It’s designed to buff away dirt, grime, and tired skin cells to reveal brighter, healthier skin underneath. Afterward, the skin should appear more even and feel softer and smoother to the touch. Aloe vera and manuka honey help replace moisture. 

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer

Eye Cream Moisturizer (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 5,600+ 

Vitamin C, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, and organic hibiscus flower extract work to brighten, firm, and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes. 

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76 of the best gifts for dads this Father’s Day, from an at-home golf training mat to a subscription for steaks

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  • Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, especially if yours doesn’t often offer any hints.
  • We found the best gifts for Dad, whether for Father’s Day, his birthday, or another milestone.
  • From a digital picture frame to a pizza stone, these gift ideas for dad are sure to be a hit.

If you’re looking for great gift ideas for Dad, and drawing a blank, don’t fret just yet. We’ve done the hard work for you and scoured for the best gifts for Dad for all occasions and budgets.

Whether you’re seeking the best Father’s Day gifts, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found unique and thoughtful gift ideas for him that are sure to impress even the toughest Dad’s to shop for. From sleek leather goods and wearable tech to an on-demand massage service and the ultimate summer short, you can’t go wrong with any of the presents on this list.

Here are 76 of the best gifts for Dad

Coasters with the classics

best gifts for dad record coasters

Upcycled Record Coasters, $18, available at Uncommon Goods

Dad can reminiscence about his favorite jams while enjoying a drink with these coasters made from reclaimed records. The discs are specially sealed so moisture won’t seep through and damage the surface.

A mat to help with dad’s short game

gifts for dad golf hitting mat

Rukket Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat, $99.99, available on Amazon

For the dad who loves to golf, this is one of the best golf hitting mats to help improve his short game from home. This compact, portable practice aid features three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped “collar” turf.

An easy way to open wine

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Secura Electric Wine Opener, $26.99, available at Amazon

Dad can open his wine hassle-free with this gift. The sleek, fast-charging, and cordless wine opener can pull out 30 corks on one charge, making it our choice for one of the best electric wine openers. All Dad has to do is push a button and it does all the work.

A tiny tag to ensure he never loses his valuables

best gifts for dad apple airtag

Apple AirTag, $29, available at Apple

If dad tends to frequently misplace his key, wallet, or other valuables, help him out by gifting him a handy AirTag. The tags can be placed on just about any item and will connect to his phone so he can easily keep track of his stuff via the Find My app. For an extra personal touch, you can even get it engraved for free.

An Audible subscription

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AudiblePlus subscription, from $7.95 per month, available at Audible

With an Audible subscription, Dad gets unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts. Plus, you can even have Dad test it out first with a free trial.

A digital picture frame to display his favorite memories

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame; gift for mom

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

Sometimes, all Dad wants is something sentimental and personal. A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for Dad because it means he can view his favorite photos from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your dad can enjoy the photos you’ve carefully curated, all day long in his office or home. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.

A compact gas grill

Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill; gift for dad; Father's Day gift

Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill, $119, available at Home Depot

If owning a grill is one of your dad’s long-standing dreams, this one from Dyna-Glo is the one to get him. The best part is that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, which is why we’ve named it the best budget option in our guide to the best gas grills. We’ve also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you’re looking for more grilling gifts for Dad. 

A monthly subscription for the bookworm dad

Book of the Month Subscription; gift for dad; Father's Day gift

Book of the Month Subscription, from $49.99, available at Book of the Month

If your dad’s always on to the next page turner, he’ll love getting a new book delivered straight to his doorstep each month. We think it’s the ideal gift for Dad and even rank it as the best for bookworms in our guide to the best subscription boxes

A workout shirt he won’t want to take off

Vuori Strato Tech Tee; gift for dad; Father's Day gift

Vuori Strato Tech Tee, $44, available at Vuori

Regardless of whether Dad’s a fitness guru or novice, an essential part of working out is the gear itself. Vuori makes extremely soft, comfy, and functional activewear. Our team loves the brand and has even dubbed it the best overall in our guide to the best men’s workout clothes

Read our full review of Vuori clothing here

A garden tool set for the dad with a green thumb

Cutco 4-Piece Garden Tool Set; gift for dad; Father's Day gift

Cutco 4-Piece Garden Tool Set, $103, available at Cutco

If gardening is one of your dad’s favorite pastimes, this set has everything he could need when working outside. Each garden tool has a comfortable grip handle, a durable head, and depth marks. Tools are only one part of what he might need for his gardening adventures, so make sure to also check out our guides to the best gardening tools and best gardening tools for beginners.

A fun activity with a delicious payoff

best gifts for dad donut kit

Do It Yourself Mini Doughnut Making Kit, $29.99, available at Amazon

If dad is a foodie or likes to spend time in the kitchen, consider this kit from the New York-based Doughnuttery shops. The kit includes doughnut mix, Doughnuttery’s doughnut sugars, a doughnut depositor, and an easy instruction guide. Whipping these sweet treats up together is also a great way to spend some time with dad. 

A cute pop-up card

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Father’s Day Greeting Cards, from $13, available at Love Pop

Whether you need a card to pair with another gift or plan to make a thoughtful note the main event, these pop-up cards will ensure your card for dad stands out. Choose from an array of options to suit his interests, from a 3-D toolbox to a football-themed card that makes it clear your dad’s biggest fan. 

An easy way to take his beers on the go

best gifts for dad beer caddy

Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener, $30, available at Uncommon Goods

Dad can easily take his favorite IPAs to the beach, a backyard barbecue, or a picnic with this stylish canvas case that keeps up to six brews cold. Best of all, it even comes with an attached bottle opener.

His new go-to summer shorts

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Deck shorts, $85, available at Buck Mason

Available in four neutral color options, as well as in a six-inch and eight-inch length, these classic shorts are sure to become a staple wardrobe piece for dad this summer. Made from a lightweight, quick-drying cotton blend, these shorts are comfy and chic on land, but can also get wet and even act as swim trunks.  

Personalized vinyl wall art

Custom Vinyl Record

Personalized LP Record, $150, available at Uncommon Goods

Commemorate his birthday, anniversary, or Father’s Day with this custom record art. Made from an upcycled vinyl LP and suspended in a floating frame, this custom wall art can feature the soundtrack to their life or songs you share together. Choose from two retro designs, title the record, and add up to five personal song titles. 

A two-step skincare regimen

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Brickell Men’s Daily Essential Face Care Routine II, $57, available at Amazon

Time to up Dad’s skincare game. Created specifically for men, the startup has become a favorite skincare brand for Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael because it’s simple and effective. Each product uses high-quality natural and organic ingredients. The charcoal works great for deep pore cleansing without the long, drawn-out process, earning it a spot on our list of the best skincare brands in 2021.

An electric toothbrush

Phillips Sonicare Rechargeable Electronic Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $39.95, available at Walmart

Help him ditch the manual toothbrush with Philips Sonicare, whose brushes are gentler on teeth and give brighter results over time. We recommend this one for its powerful cleaning and movements-per-minute. Plus, the rechargeable toothbrush is better for the environment.

An insulated travel mug

Zojirushi SM SE Travel Mug

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug, $23.99, available at Amazon

Even when he’s on the go, Dad’s favorite beverage can stay hot or cold for hours. The Zojirushi SM-SE Travel Mug keeps both hot and cold drinks at enjoyable temperatures for hours longer than the competition, and its lockable lid ensures it’s truly leak-proof. We even named it the best travel mug.

A personalized video message from his favorite star

Gifts for girlfriend Cameo

Cameo Personalized Video Message, from $10, available at Cameo

You can choose from thousands of actors, athletes, and musicians and get Dad a personalized video message from his favorite star. For a gift that also gives back, search for celebrities donating some of the proceeds to charity. Or, opt for a funny and festive option like a Buddy the Elf impersonator. You can read our full breakdown of Cameo here.

A leather iPhone wallet case

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Leather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available on Etsy

Get Dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with Dad’s initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max. 

A heated massager to melt the day away

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Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager, $59.96, available at Amazon

After a long day, all Dad wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While he can’t get a real massage every day, you can give him this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give a quality massage for much less. 

A smart watch to track his fitness goals

Best smart watch Suunto 7

Suunto 7, $399, available on Amazon

For a worthy splurge for the fitness-obsessed dad, the Suunto 7 is a feature-rich and highly accurate smartwatch that offers tracking for more than 70 different activities, is comfortable to wear, and offers useful training feedback anyone can benefit from. It can also give alerts for texts, emails, and has numerous other handy smart features dad will surely appreciate. We even named it the best running watch you can buy.

Read our full review of the Suunto 7 here.

A mask fit for athletes

Gifts under $50 Under Armour

UA Sportsmask, $30, available at Under Armour

If Dad loves his fitness routine but is often frustrated by working out with a mask on, the Sportsmask is a useful solution. This mask from Under Armour was specifically designed for high activity, and its water resistance, breathability, and UPF 50+ sun protection all lend well to making his workout routine more comfortable.

A game he can enjoy with the whole family

rollors backyard game

Rollors Backyard Game, $49.94, available on Amazon

A fun combo of horseshoes, bocce ball, and bowling, this lawn game will give Dad the gift of quality family bonding time when you all play together. Plus, the carrying case means he can bring it with him to backyard BBQs, beach outings, camping trips, or tailgating parties.

A handy duffel bag

best gifts for dad away weekender duffle

The Weekender, $215, available at Away

If your dad is a frequent traveler or gym-goer, he’ll love this versatile duffel bag from Away. It’s available in canvas or nylon, has a separate compartment for shoes, and a handy sleeve that slips over a carry-on handle.

Read our full review of the Away Weekender here

A sleek leather wallet

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Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet, $89, available at Amazon

This slim leather wallet from Bellroy is perfect for dads who prefer minimalist accessories. It comes in a bunch of colors, so you’ll be able to find the perfect match. Bellroy also sells phone cases, work bags and backpacks, and key covers

A cookbook from his favorite burger joint

Gifts for Dad Shake Shack

“Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories,” $16.38, available at Amazon

If your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he’ll love this cookbook that will teach him how to make his very own ShackBurger.

A keepsake he can use for years to come

Gifts for Dad Ticket Stub Diary

Ticket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon Goods

Concerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad’s passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there’s plenty of room for upcoming memories as well.

A chic way to keep dad’s work space organized

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Desk Tray, $120, available at Grovemade

Whether dad is working from home or the office these days, chances are he could use a little extra organization for his desk. This elegant tray made from cork and hand-dyed with Japanese calligraphy ink creates both a protective bed for his items and an easy way to keep all his essentials handy and orderly.

Breathable and machine-washable sneakers

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Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available at Allbirds 

These merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley’s favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.

Read our full review of Allbirds Wool Runners here.

A set of quality merino wool socks

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Men’s Merino Wool Calf Sock 8-pack, $136.80, available at Bombas

They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Dad will love these Bombas socks made from soft and warm merino wool. You can hear more about why we love this brand and its products in our review of Bombas socks

A health and ancestry genetic test kit

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23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who’s interested in learning more about his family history. You can learn more about all this kit has to offer in our guide to the best DNA test kits

A Disney Plus subscription

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Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $79.99

It gives Dad unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Read everything there is to know about Disney Plus over here.

And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A colorful swimsuit

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Tom & Teddy Men’s Swim Shorts, from $64.94, available at Tom & Teddy

Made from super-soft, quick-dry fabric, these swim trunks will make dad the star of your next beach or pool day. They come in an array of colors and prints, and you can even get matching father-and-son swim short sets.

A Baby Yoda PopSocket

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Baby Yoda Popsocket, $16.99, available at Amazon

If he can’t get enough of Baby Yoda, he’ll love this adorable PopSocket. He can use it to position his phone for the optimal streaming of “The Mandalorian.” This would be a great gift alongside a Disney Plus subscription since he’ll have a present to unwrap.

A beer growler for sipping at home

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Personalized Craft Beer Growler, $43, available at Houzz

Now Dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $240, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort. The company’s Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. They include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheet here

A custom whiskey glass

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Personalized Whiskey Glass, $18.90, available at Etsy

Great for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn’t just for whiskey, recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses.

A subscription for steaks

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Sirloin of the Month Club, from $103.95 per month, available at AmazingClubs

Meat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month Dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of three months, six months, 12 months, or every three months.

A SodaStream

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SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Machine, $86, available at Walmart

The SodaStream Fizzi lets you turn plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste. We even named it the best overall in our guide to the best soda makers

A classic stovetop espresso maker

Gifts for Dad Bialetti

Bialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & Barrel

This classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter. We made sure to include its 6-cup counterpart in our guide to the best stovetop espresso makers, as the best overall pick. 

The Amazon Echo Show

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $49.99, available at Amazon

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo Show can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things Dad should find charming. Unlike the Echo or Echo Dot, the Echo Show also has a screen for displaying information.

A device that improves golfing skills

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Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at Amazon

If your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.

A durable backpack and cooler combo

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Carhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $74.99, available at Carhartt

Made from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that’ll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips.

A custom map poster

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap

Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your dad’s hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination. 

A gift card for the sports fan

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Fanatics gift card, from $10, available at Fanatics

If Dad’s nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of. 

A luxurious shave kit

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Harry’s Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry’s (+ $15 for monogram)

This shave set from Harry’s is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. You can hear more about this set in our guide to the best shaving kits

A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner set

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The Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $30, available at The Art of Shaving

Soap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set from The Art of Shaving in their lives. 

A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooks

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Anova Nano Sous Vide, $129, available at Target

For under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. It’s so good that we name it the best overall pick in our guide to the best sous vide machines

A cozy and supportive pillow

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa. 

A 10-pack of soft and stylish underwear

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MeUndies Men’s Boxer Brief 10-Pack, $170, available at MeUndies

Made from MicroModal and elastane, MeUndies claims its underwear is three times softer than cotton. We think its boxers are so comfortable they’ll blow Dad’s mind. You can learn more about MeUndies in our guide on where to shop for men’s underwear

Comfortable and stylish jeans

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Mott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & Bow

Give the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow. For more styles from the brand, check out our review of Mott & Bow’s stretch-denim jeans

Amazon’s new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

If your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here

A hot sauce sampler pack

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The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $34.99, available at Amazon

If you’re not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn’t committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $50, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If your dad’s veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. 

Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club here

A personalized sports jersey

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MLB Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $149.99, available at the official MLB Shop

NFL Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $30.24, available at the official NFL Shop

The sports-loving dad won’t want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad’s name on the back.

An all-encompassing online subscription

Amazon Prime Boxes

Amazon 1-Year Prime Membership, $119, available at Amazon

Everyone loves Amazon Prime and the plethora of perks that come with a membership, so why not gift a subscription for an entire year?

An at-home workout system

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TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $167.95, available at Amazon 

For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.

A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottle

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Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, from $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

Hydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures.

A modern turntable

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U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $459, available at U-Turn

This turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn’t know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player. 

A subscription service for new vinyl every month

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Vinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, Please

Every person’s vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he’ll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.

The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records.

A streaming TV player

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Roku Ultra, $69.99, available at Target

A media streaming device can transform your dad’s so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.

Read our full review of the Roku Ultra here

A nice tie

Gifts for Dad The Tie Bar

Men’s Neckties, from $18, available at Tie Bar

Neckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he’ll actually wear on a regular basis. You’ll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they’re all affordably priced.

A handy multi-functional tool

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Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at B&H Photo

This multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.

A fast wireless charger and accessory tray

Catch:3 Bedside Tray

Catch:3 Charger Tray, $122.50, available at Staycourant.com

Give your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he’ll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house. 

Stylish computer glasses

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Felix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix Gray

If he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They’re also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.

Read our full review of Felix Gray blue light computer glasses here

Apple AirPods

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Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $128.98, available at Amazon

Some of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him. You can learn more about the different versions in our guide to the best AirPods

A ceramic pizza stone

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Emile Henry Pizza Stone, $54.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Homemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time.

An iPad

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Apple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $329.99, available at Best Buy

Tech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad. For more information on the different iterations, check out our guide to the best iPads

A leather iPad case

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Leatherology iPad Portfolio, from $190, available at Leatherology

This leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there’s sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. 

A durable and waterproof speaker

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Urbanears Rålis Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $199.99, available at Urbanears

The Rålis is Urbanears’ first portable Bluetooth speaker and it sounds as good as it looks. It’s a little pricey, but the sound quality is impressive enough to warrant the cost.

An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at Amazon

Just because Dad has to wake up before the sun rises doesn’t mean he has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.

Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he’ll love it.

Modern over-ear headphones

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Status Audio CB-1 Studio Monitor Headphones, $59, available at Amazon

The perfect pair of over-ear headphones should be highly comfortable and sound great. This pair from Status Audio is among the best you’ll find for less than $100.

A portable microphone

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JLab Audio Talk Go USB Microphone, $49, available on Amazon

Dad can try his hand at playing radio or podcast host with this simple and portable USB microphone. It’s also a nice option for clearer audio while he takes any at-home business calls. 

A relaxing massage he can book to his home

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Soothe E-Gift Card or Physical Gift Card, starting from $50, available at Soothe

Soothe is a relatively new service that can help Dad book a massage to his home in as little as an hour. The company will match his massage request with a vetted, certified massage therapist available in his area at the specified time. They offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and couples massages.

Soothe is currently available to book in 66 cities in the US and Canada. If you’re not sure what amount to choose for a gift card, Soothe says the average cost for a one-time, 60-minute massage is $115, but price varies by location, with cities like New York charging up to $182 for that treatment. Soothe also offers subscriptions if you really want to pamper him this year. 

An easy way to eat chips and dip

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Ooma Bowl, $28, available at Uncommon Goods

Take Dad’s snacking game up a level with this two-in-one bowl that’s perfect for holding both chips or crackers and his favorite salsa, guac, or dip. 

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32 companies that give back all year long – not just around the holidays

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Cotopaxi is a B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation.

  • Giving back is woven into the business and operations of these 32 companies.
  • If you shop from the following brands, you’re also supporting several charitable initiatives.
  • Need more gift ideas? Check out our ultimate gift guide.

Aside from volunteering with or sending direct donations to nonprofits that make our world a better place, one way you can do your part throughout the year is to support businesses that give back. During these tumultuous times, giving back to those in need has never felt more urgent and necessary.

If you’re gifting your loved ones, it’ll only benefit more parties if you buy from companies with a social and environmental conscience.

When you buy a gift from these 32 companies, you’re also helping to plant a tree, improve livelihoods in underserved areas, save an animal, and more.

Shop at these 32 brands that give back all year long:

TOMS

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Shop gifts from TOMS

Popular shoe brand TOMS has expanded from its original shoe design and is now offering sneakers, sandals, heels, and even slippers. Philanthropy remains important to the brand, which continues to commit 1/3 of its profits to supporting various grassroots efforts.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Thinx

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Shop gifts from Thinx

Thinx offers a wide collection of absorbent underwear and apparel and donates a portion of its profits to support puberty and reproduction education and grassroots activism.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Blk & Bold

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Shop gifts from Blk & Bold

Blk & Bold, a newly certified B-corporation, prides itself on prioritizing giving back as much as making a profit. The company donates 5% of its profits to supporting at-risk youth and works with over ten organizations with various missions to improve the lives of kids across the country.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Uncommon Goods

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Shop gifts from Uncommon Goods

Combine unique and fun finds with giving back through Uncommon Goods’ Better to Give program. Not only are you supporting small businesses by shopping with Uncommon Goods, but once you select a Better to Give partner, you’ll also be supporting the causes most important to you. Uncommon Goods currently works with organizations that focus on issues including forest conservation, supporting those whose lives have been impacted by conflict and natural disasters, and more. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Bookshop

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Shop gifts from Bookshop

Bookshop allows customers to support local bookstores from afar by allowing readers to purchase books directly from their favorite bookstores. If you would like to support a specific bookstore, use Bookshop’s store locator and your pick will receive 100% of the profit from the sale. Bookshop’s mission is to support independent bookstores by connecting them with potential customers. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Everlane

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Shop gifts from The 100% Human Collection at Everlane

Everlane donates 10% from every purchase in this collection of tees, sweatshirts, face masks, and tote bags to the ACLU and has raised over $1 million to date. 

Learn more about the initiative on each individual product page in the collection

Bombas

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Shop gifts from Bombas

Whether you’d like to gift athletic socks, hiking socks, or dress socks, Bombas has you — and the feet of someone in need — covered. For every pair purchased, it donates a specially-designed pair to a homeless shelter. It has donated more than 43 million pairs to more than 3,000 giving partners in the US. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

STATE Bags

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Shop gifts from STATE Bags

When you buy a STATE bag, the company fills another with school supplies and gives it to a local student in need at a “Bag Drop” rally. It also shines a light on issues like mass incarceration, the Flint water crisis, and Black Lives Matter through its #WhatDoWeTellTheKids initiatives. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Leesa

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Shop gifts from Leesa

Leesa donates one mattress to a nonprofit for every 10 sold and has donated more than 37,000 mattresses so far. The gift of a better night’s sleep for your recipient (plus someone in need) comes in the form of four different mattresses

Learn more about the initiative here.

AUrate

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Shop gifts from AUrate

Fine jewelry startup AUrate finds beauty in honestly priced, ethically sourced gold jewelry — as well as the power of reading. Every year, it donates thousands of books to students in need in the US. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Cotopaxi

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Cotopaxi is a B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation.

Shop gifts from Cotopaxi

For colorful outdoor and travel gear they’ll be proud to carry, shop at Cotopaxi, the B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation. So far, it has awarded 42 grants in six countries. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Cuyana

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Shop gifts from Cuyana

In line with its “Fewer, Better” philosophy, Cuyana encourages shoppers to clean out their closets by providing shipping labels to thredUP. Send in a box of high-quality apparel they no longer need, and they’ll receive a credit to shop at Cuyana. When that credit is spent, Cuyana donates 5% of the profit to H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma). 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Skylar

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Shop gifts from Skylar

Skylar is a natural, eco-friendly fragrance company that makes candles and perfume perfect for gifting. It donates a portion of proceeds and time to Step Up, a nonprofit dedicated to mentorship for girls. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Thrive Market

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Shop gift memberships from Thrive Market

Thrive Market, a place to shop natural and organic products for less, offers a one-for-one membership program. That means that every paid membership gives a free one to someone in need, like a low-income family, student, teacher, veteran, or first responder. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Parachute

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Shop gifts from Parachute

For every Venice percale bedding set sold at Parachute, it donates one malaria-prevention bed net in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Alltrue

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Gift a subscription from Alltrue

Alltrue (formerly Causebox) stands out among the bevy of beauty and accessories subscription boxes by only featuring socially conscious products and companies that give back. Its main areas of impact are women’s empowerment, supporting disadvantaged producers, education and skill development, and poverty alleviation. The company itself also helps various charity partners raise funds and awareness. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Wildfang

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Shop gifts from Wildfang

Wildfang, a female-founded and women-run clothing and accessories brand, donates a percentage of profits from full-price goods to a rotating monthly charity. Charities have included Planned Parenthood, Black Girls Code, and Girls Inc.

Learn more about the initiative here.

JUDY

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Shop gifts from JUDY

Judy’s bright and expert-informed emergency preparedness kits empower you to get your safety plan in place. It just launched earlier in 2020 but plans on donating 1% of sales annually to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides essential equipment and training to supplement city resources. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Love With Food by SnackNation

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Gift a subscription from Love With Food by SnackNation

Better-for-you snack subscription service Love With Food by SnackNation nourishes both stomach and soul by donating at least one meal to a family in need — through Feeding America — for every snack box purchased. Thanks to its subscribers’ healthy appetites for organic and all-natural snacks, it has donated over 1 million meals. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

ThirdLove

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Shop gifts from ThirdLove

ThirdLove partners with Good360, I Support the Girls, and more organizations to donate its comfortable bras to women in need. It has donated more than $40 million of bras to date, and in the past, it has also donated a bra to a California wildfire victim for every bra purchased. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Warby Parker

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Shop gifts from Warby Parker

If this were like any other year, Warby Parker would distribute a pair of glasses for every pair sold in two different ways. The first helps train adults to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for affordable prices, while the second gives vision care and glasses to students in need. Its partners include VisionSpring, the Department of Education in New York, and the Department of Health in Baltimore

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Warby Parker is only distributing glasses where where it can safely. In the meantime, it’s providing PPE and preventative health supplies to healthcare workers and communities in need for a portion of glasses purchased.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Allbirds

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Shop gifts from Allbirds

Lightly used shoes from this popular startup known for its use of unique materials are sent to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that donates shoes to people who have been affected by disasters. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

United by Blue

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Shop gifts from United By Blue

The conservation-minded outdoor brand pledges to remove one pound of trash from the planet’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. It has removed more than 3.5 million pounds of trash through organized cleanups, while also using more responsible materials like recycled polyester in its products. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Ethique

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Shop gifts from Ethique

Gone are the days of wasteful plastic haircare and skincare bottles. Ethique packs the essential ingredients into a concentrated bar that’s equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo, then donates 20% of profits to conservation, animal welfare, and environmental groups and “adopts” animals to pay for their care. It has worked with over 170 organizations worldwide and has ongoing partnerships with Rainforest Trust and HUHA, among others. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Avocado Mattress

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Shop gifts from Avocado Mattress

These eco-friendly mattresses are made from materials like natural latex harvested from sustainable tree-tapped sources and organic cotton. The company donates 1% of revenue to environmental nonprofits like Plastic Oceans International and Big Green

Learn more about the initiative here.

Tatcha

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Shop gifts from Tatcha

Every purchase from this Japanese beauty-inspired brand helps fund girls’ education. Tatcha’s Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Future program with nonprofit Room to Read has funded more than 4.6 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Patagonia

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Shop gifts from Patagonia

Since 1985, Patagonia has donated $89 million to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups. It also donates to nonprofits through its Employee Charity Match program, invests in socially and environmentally minded companies through its own venture capital fund, and donates new and used clothing. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Yoobi

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Shop gifts from Yoobi

Yoobi partners with the Kids In Need Foundation to donate a school supply to a classroom every time you buy one of its products. We’re fans of its sturdy notebooks and weekly calendar planner pads. So far, it’s donated supplies to more than 4 million students.  

Learn more about the initiative here.

KitNipBox

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Gift a subscription from KitNipBox

Each month, this cat toy and treat subscription service donates a portion of proceeds and products to shelters, rescues, and other feline welfare causes. It supports more than 100 animal welfare organizations. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

BarkBox

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Gift a subscription from BarkBox

BarkBox has thousands of rescue and shelter partners that benefit from each subscription purchased. Be on the lookout for custom codes from your favorite organization. When you use the code, BarkBox donates $25 to that rescue or shelter. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Sand Cloud

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Anyone who loves spending time at the beach should be more invested in protecting marine life. Sand Cloud, which makes Turkish cotton beach towels, donates 10% of profits to organizations that protect and preserve beaches and oceans. 

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Natori’s giving program is unique in that it’s customizable and gives you the power to support a cause you care about. When you add one of its bras or lounge products to your cart, you can choose the nonprofit org that will receive 1% of your purchase. There’s a whole directory of organizations but some featured ones include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Equal Justice Initiative

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The 13 best hair dryers for every hair type, according to stylists

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  • Your hair dryer can be the difference between a good hair day and a not-so-good hair day.
  • The best blow dryer for your hair type is less about the dryer and more about the accessories.
  • We spoke with many experts to gather the 13 hair dryers they’d recommend to anyone.

When it comes to hair care accessories that can be surprisingly expensive, blow dryers are pretty high on the list. It’s easy to assume that the most expensive tool will always be the best, or work the quickest, but as the experts will tell you, this isn’t always the case. And when it comes to different blow dryers for different hair types, most experts will tell you it’s actually not the blow dryer itself you should be considering – it’s the accessories.

If you’re not quite sure yet whether to prioritize speed, comfort, or luxury when choosing your new blow dryer, though, here are the five best, expert-approved picks to help you make your decision, no matter what budget you’re working with.

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The best hair dryers for curly, coily hair

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which is almost silent when it turns on, is as good as everyone says. The attachments are just as important as the dryer itself, though. Matrix brand ambassador Rachel Bodt explains that the attachments help with how tight you want the air concentration. “The smaller the nozzle, the more direct or tighter the airflow,” she says. Ulta senior vice president of store and services operations, Matrix artistic director, and celebrity stylist Nick Stenson says the diffuser attachment is the best for drying curls without causing any frizz.

Praises for the Supersonic keep coming, as advanced stylist Adriana Papaleo also says the diffuser is ideal for use on curly and wavy hair types. “Spreading the air over a flatter, larger surface area allows you to dry the hair quickly without disturbing the curls.” Mane Addicts celebrity hair stylist Kathleen Riley says her favorite attachment is the diffuser because it helps define curls and add volume. “The hair dryer also comes with a smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which are both great for more refined looks,” she says. 

Hairdresser and curl expert April Kayganich says the Supersonic‘s technology dries hair faster than any other hair dryer she has used. In fact, she rarely uses the highest heat setting. Kayganich makes sure to point out that if you invest in a quality hair dryer that you love, remember to actually take care of it. “The external filter should be cleaned once a week, and also, once a month, you should soak the filter in warm, soapy water,” she says. 

Supersonic Hair Dryer (small, Preferred: Ulta)
Trademark Beauty Easy Blo

Trademark Beauty Easy Blo: One-Step Dryer and Volumizer

Though suitable for all hair types, Leigh Hardges, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, loves using the Easy Blo for curly and coily hair. Blowing out these hair types is necessary before getting into the straightening process, which can be a time-consuming task. “I’ve been working with the Trademark Beauty Easy Blo, which has made this step easier, since the blow dryer and brush are combined,” Hardges says. 

She also appreciates the two different bristle types in the brush head, as they provide even tension while heat stretching hair. This is a bonus for folks with curly or coily hair. When using this dryer, you want to start at the nape of your neck and work your way up, according to Hardges. She recommends beginning on the high heat setting and then switching to the cool setting during the final pass through the ends. “This will give the hair a high shine because the cool air helps to smooth the cuticle,” she says.

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One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

If you’re searching for a super light hair dryer that won’t leave your hands aching, the Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer is a worthy pick. It weighs in at less than one pound, making it one of the lightest options in this guide. “The ergonomics of the dryer have saved my hands over the years. It’s lightweight, yet very powerful. I also like this tool because it isn’t too loud,” says Shelly Aguirre, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. 

“The air flow is concentrated to assist in laying the cuticle down to increase shine, so be sure not to remove the concentrator nozzle,” Aguirre says. The concentrator nozzle gives you shine, but you shouldn’t forget about the volumizing finger diffuser attachment. It’s great for achieving a tousled look or natural-looking waves. 

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BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

If you prioritize weight when looking for a hair dryer, this one from BaBylissPRO is one of the few in this guide that weigh less than one pound. However, the Rapido Dryer still performs with power. The hair dryer is made in Italy and has a Ferrari-designed, high performance engine that stays quiet when in use. 

The Rapido Dryer is great for all hair types and textures, but the attachments are important for more specific needs. “The concentrator nozzle is an all around great tool for precise air flow and smoothing out the hair entirely,” says Matrix brand ambassador Sharon Spellman. BaBylissPRO also offers other dryer attachments, not included in this set, that can help you achieve different looks. In particular, the Rapido Dryer Diffuser gently lifts and separates your strands to give you frizz-free curls. 

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The best hair dryers for thick, coarse hair

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

BaByliss PRO Titanium Hair Dryer_BaByliss

The Dyson Supersonic might seem amazing in theory, but it isn’t necessarily a realistic purchase for people who are shopping on a budget. For an alternative, founder of Salon deZEN Maria Elizabeth suggests the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer, especially for those who are trying to achieve a sleeker or smoother blowout. 

“With 2000-watt performance, ergonomic handling, several heat and speed settings, and a cool shot button to help seal up cuticles, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer delivers less frizz and cuts down dry time,” Elizabeth says. “It is a great option for all hair types, but is specifically great for coarse and thick hair, as it assists in creating sleek styles.”

Nano Titanium Hair Dryer (small)
Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

The Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer has its name for a reason — it’s a classic that can do no wrong. Made in Milan, it’s best for thick, coarse hair, and reduces drying time. Hairstylist and male groomer Matilde Campos has used this blow dryer for several years and still loves using it. 

“If you have thick, curly hair and need to make it straight, shiny, and frizz-free, this will make it happen,” she says. “It has a cooling option that cools in seconds, and it can be placed back to its hot feature without skipping a beat.” You should know, however, that this hair dryer tends to get hot, so you’ll want to move quickly while doing your hair, Campos suggests. 

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The best hair dryers for frizzy hair

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

For those who need a super simple, travel-sized hair dryer, look no further than the InStyler Mini. InStyler makes traveling easy, as the dryer measures in at 7.75 x 2.6 x 6.5 inches and only has high and low heat settings. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. 

“This mini blow-dryer is a diamond in the rough. It carries the same power as a normal sized blow dryer,” Campos says. “It’s compact and perfect for travel.” Plus, the concentrator nozzle keeps airflow focused in one direction and smooths the hair, adds shine, and gives you a frizz-free finish. 

Mini Travel Dryer (small)
T3 Cura

T3 Cura

The Cura not only weighs just one pound, but also sports an ergonomic handle. Both of these elements mean your wrist won’t be aching while using this light blow dryer.

Most importantly, the dryer and its two attachments help to eliminate frizz thanks to T3 Digital IonAir Technology. The drying concentrator nozzle is perfect for rough drying, while the styling concentrator nozzle is good for styling one section at a time. Campos recommends moving your hair around from one side to the other when drying your hair, instead of turning your head upside down. “It will decrease the amount of flyaways,” she says.

Cura (small)
The best hair dryers for all hair types

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap_Sephora

By now, most of us have seen brushes, styling tools, and blow dryers combined into one. But do they actually work? According to hairstylist Bianca Hillier, the Dyson Airwrap does, especially for those with fine to medium hair who are trying to add volume. 

“You can adjust the heat settings and also adjust the tool to be used when creating a variety of styles,” Hillier says. “It’s lightweight, which makes it easy for traveling and daily use.” She also notes that you get the best results when using it on damp, rather than wet, hair.

“The Dyson Airwrap is the complete package,” Campos says. For a pro tip, “Use the cool shot at the end. This will hold your style for much longer.” She also appreciates the various attachment options. The barrels create curls and waves, while the brushes control the hair and add volume.

Airwrap Complete Styler (small)
Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000_Dermstore

The Pro Dryer 2000 gives you luxury results with a reasonable price tag. As celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein says, there isn’t a blow dry this tool can’t handle. When buying a hair dryer, Rubenstein looks for strong heat and power for getting a quick and efficient blowout. The Pro Dryer 2000 has all that and more. 

As Harry Josh himself explains, the best tip for getting a professional-looking blowout with this tool, or any tool, is to know your hair well and use a quality dryer. “Utilize a nozzle to direct air at a smaller space, then start at the roots and work your way to the ends, in the direction of the hair cuticle, which will add shine.” He also notes that heat settings, diffusers, and different types of brushes should all be considered when adjusting the experience for your specific hair type.

Pro Dryer 2000 (small, Preferred: Dermstore)
ghd Helios Hair Dryer

ghd Helios Hair Dryer

Serving up airflow that travels at 75 miles per hour, the Helios is light and quiet, yet powerful. “This blow dryer will cut your drying time in half. It’s durable and magically smooths your hair for the perfect finish,” Campos says. She also loves the chic look of the white and rose gold model.  

“The contour nozzle works wonders. Use it while styling to concentrate on smoothness and shine,” Campos says. She also shares that you should remember to use the cooling feature to add some extra shine. 

Helios Hair Dryer (small)
Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

One common cause of damaged hair is overusing heating tools. This is where the Repronizer 4D Plus comes in handy. “Not only will it not cause damage, it will improve the condition of your hair and scalp,” says master colorist and senior educator Hitomi Ikeda

While this hair dryer works for all hair types, Ikeda says it’s especially effective for anyone with super damaged hair and who might be hesitant about using heat on their hair. She suggests switching between applying hot and cold air. This brings out the natural shine in each and every strand. As a pro tip, “It’s even more effective if you keep applying cold air to your scalp every day other than when you dry your hair.”

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Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i

Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i_Sedu

When it comes to a light-as-air blow dryer that’s also travel-friendly, Hillier recommends the Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i. “This blow dryer gets hot enough on even the low setting to smooth out any textured hair, whether it’s coarse or fine,” Hillier says. “There is a sneaky cool blow button that helps completely set the styled look and finish the job.”

“Regardless of hair type, you must always use a heat protectant,” Hillier says. This applies to each and every blow dryer and heat tool, regardless of how safe it may be for hair.

Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i (small)

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